Sony's Playstation Media Showcase 2013

Sony is showing some of its most anticipated upcoming releases over two nights at the Sony PlayStation Media Showcase. Polygon is at the showcase bringing you all the latest news, announcements and hands-on impressions.

PlayStation's one-step tutorial on sharing used games

Sony has created a one-step instructional video on how to share used games, starring Sony President Shuhei Yoshida and SCEA head of publisher relations Adam Boyes.

The deeply complex process is as follows: Physically hand the game over to the other person. This follows today's reveal that Sony will in fact allow users to share and sell used games.

Microsoft announced last week that while there's no "platform fee" for used games on the Xbox One, publishers can choose to charge for playing used games - or decide to disallow them altogether.

Transistor coming to PS4 early next year

Transistor, the upcoming title from Bastion developer Supergiant Games, will come to PlayStation 4 early next year, it was announced during today's Sony press event in Los Angeles.

The game was first revealed earlier in March, with a playable build made available during PAX East earlier in the year. Transistor is a science-fiction set RPG that allows players to take on the role of a woman who is nearly killed by a mysterious group of assailants, who later gains access to a particular weapon and fights from street to street in a futuristic city against enemies attempting to take it back.


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The Last of Us hands-on: High tension

Every sound is a terror in The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure for the PlayStation 3. Every queasy, guttural clicking from a full-blown fungus-infected walking dead, every creak and bump from the crumbling buildings of a Boston ravaged by a global pandemic, they almost hurt.

The screeches and rumbles of The Last of Us are what had me on edge while I played through an unnerving, 30-minute chunk of Naughty Dog's survival horror game. The sound of footsteps from something stumbling around on the floor above you, the horrible metal-on-concrete sound made when moving a...

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Watch the first 30 minutes of God of War: Ascension's single-player campaign

God of War: Ascension developer Sony Santa Monica has been relatively quiet about the story-driven, single-player side of Kratos' next journey — choosing instead to focus on the addition of a God of War multiplayer mode — until today.

At an event in Hollywood, Sony Santa Monica presented a 30-minute gameplay demo of Kratos' single-player adventure in God of War: Ascension. It's the first half-hour of the game and viewable in its entirety in the video above. The extended gameplay clip shows how the God of War team is one-upping the Titan climbing intro from God of War 3. Ascension's...

Tearaway hands-on: Media Molecule turns trash into a PlayStation Vita treasure

LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule's next game, Tearaway for the PlayStation Vita, is refreshingly different from its previous work. Part papercraft adventure, part "buddy movie" co-starring the playable messenger Iota and the godlike fingers of the person playing, Tearaway plays nothing like the developer's side-scrolling, make-your-own platformers.

And, thankfully, Iota shares none of the jumping floatiness of Sackboy. The game is a tight, simple to control 3D romp through a beautiful, stylish world.

Tearaway is an adventure constructed entirely of paper. Protagonists Iota and his...

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Killzone: Mercenary hands-on: We're only in it for the money

Killzone: Mercenary for PlayStation Vita is billed by its creators as a "fresh take on the Killzone experience," casting players not as an ISA or Helghast soldier, but as a killer for hire who has no interest in who wins the war, only in earning the fattest paycheck.

"This time you're not an army grunt who follows orders," Killzone: Mercenary game director Mathijs de Jonge said at a preview event in Hollywood. "These guys don't play by any rules or fight for any flag. You get to pick your own gear and tactics, as long as you get results."

Players will assume the role of Arran Danner in K...

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Killzone: Mercenary coming to PS Vita Sept. 17

Killzone: Mercenary will release in North America on Sept. 17, 2013, developer Guerilla Games announced today on the PlayStation Blog.

The studio released a brand new trailer to accompany the release date announcement. The 1:22 minute trailer for the upcoming PlayStation Vita first-person shooter shows off some of the missions players will undertake as well as in-game use of the Vita's touchscreen (players can swipe at the screen to knife enemies).

Designed specifically for the Vita, Killzone: Mercenary takes place after the original Killzone and revisits many of the events from the...

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